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Introduction Leadership is a huge area to learn and this starts a series of articles where I will explore individual areas of leaderships.
Meaning It means that, there is no any shortage of definitions but unanimity is not possible.
Definition given by Allfrod & Beaty “Leadership is ability to secure desirable actions from a group of followers voluntarily, without the use of coersion”.
Importance of leadership 1) Development of team effort 2) A motivation process 3) A counsellor 4) Essential at all levels 5) Time management 6) Better management practices 7) A representative
Leadership traits1) Energetic2) Emotional stability3) Knowledge of human valuation4) Motivation5) Communication6) Sense of responsibility7) Initiative drive8) Technical competence9) Group performance
Leadership styles There 3 types of Leadership stylesA. Autocratic styleB. Democratic leaderC. Free-rein leaders
Leadership styles Autocratic: Leader makes decisions without reference to anyone else High degree of dependency on the leader Can create de-motivation and alienation of staff May be valuable in some types of business where decisions need to be made quickly and decisively
Leadership stylesFeature of Autocratic style Concentration of powers such decision, goal setting, directing. Group is passive listener. Communication from leader to follow no vice versa. Leader behaves like director. Leader doesn‟t shares idea with followers. Group knows what to perform but don‟t know why to perform. Control is exercised through threat, penalties and punishment.
Leadership stylesApplicable of Autocratic style Production is more important than any other thing in organization. Where scientific management, specialization are in force. Where only performance is enforced. Where the task and methods are totally rationalised by the experts. A decline in employees morality, sincerity, efficiency is being observed.
Leadership stylesDisadvantages It adds to frustration, low morale, conflict among the followers. It curbs possibility of emerging leaders. The followers tends to avoid responsibility. The effort of the employee is unrewarded.
Leadership styles Democratic: -Encourages decision making from different perspectives – leadership may be emphasised throughout the organisation May help motivation and involvement Workers feel ownership of the firm and its ideas Improves the sharing of ideas and experiences within the business Can delay decision making
Leadership stylesFeatures Democratic Decision making is through participation, consultation. Sub-ordinators are encouraged to express their own views. Leaders and followers work with mutual faith and confidence. Leader works with satisfied working group.
Leadership stylesSuitability The situation provides sufficient room to share there views. The quality of work is more preferred than the quantity. Organisation assigns more values to the leader and group‟s participation. Organisation is running on the principles of democracy and transparent management.
Leadership stylesDisadvantages It may divide the group in to participative and non- participative members. The group may escape from responsibility where in no one accountable to any specific task. The leaders may use this style of shirk responsibility on the shoulder of the group. More and more views may kill the decisions.
Leadership stylesFree-rein leaders „Let it be‟ – the leadership responsibilities are shared by all. Can be very useful in businesses . where creative ideas are important. Can be highly motivational, as people have control over their working life. Can make coordination and decision making time-consuming and lacking in overall direction. Relies on good team work. Relies on good interpersonal relations.
Leadership stylesSuitability The followers are able, competent and knowledgeable. The leader is ready and interested to delegate the decision making power to sub-ordinate. The sub-ordinates accept the responsibility.
Leadership stylesDisadvantages It reduces importance of leadership in the organisation. The sub-ordinate may over take the leader in all the areas of management.
Leadership theories Traits theory It is a theory with the individual play an important role in identifying him as a leader. It also profounds that leadership traits either inherited or inborn. These cannot be learnt usually the qualities such as appearance, intelligence, scholar, good judgement, decision making, ambition, etc.
Leadership theories Drawbacks of Traits Theoryo It is traditional, 3 decades old theory.o Universally acceptable traits cannot be listed.o Difficult to list a set of qualities.o As quality related to behaviour, it is difficult to measure the same.o Quality is a subjective matter, hence standard cannot be set for measurement.
Leadership theoriesBehaviour theoryThe Behaviour theory concentrates on the individual behaviour i.e.. action and reaction to a situation. The studies have found that both task related functions and group maintainence function have to performed by one or more group members in order to function effectively. The main theme of behavioural theory is that, leadership can be defined with the help of „WHAT A LEADER DOES RATHER THAN WHAT HE IS‟. It means leaders relationships with others determine the leadership.
Contributors to behavioural theory1. Robert R. Blake2. Jane S. Monton
Leadership theoriesThere are two important managerial gridi. Initiating structureii. Consideration
Leadership theories1. Initiating structure: It shows concern for production. The leader delineats himself from the members. He is wishes to establish well patterned.
Leadership theories2.Consideration it is related to leaders concern for degree of personal commitment to complete job with trust, friendship, desire self esteem, healthy working climate, environment.
consideration and initiating structure LS-HC HS-HC 4 3 1 2 LS-LC HS-LCLOW Initiating structure HIGH
Leadership theories SITUATIONAL THEORIES The Situational Leadership Theory, is a leadership theory developed by Paul Hersey, professor and author of the book Situational Leader, and Ken Blanchard, leadership guru and author of The One Minute Manager, while working on the first edition of Management of Organizational Behavior (now in its 9th edition). The theory was first introduced as "Life Cycle Theory of Leadership". During the mid 1970s, "Life Cycle Theory of Leadership" was renamed "Situational Leadership theory".
Leadership theories there are four theories to support to the idea of situational theory, they are1. C-1 fielder‟s contingency model2. C-2 House‟s path goal model3. C-3 Life cycle of leadership4. C-4 Vroom‟s and Yetton normative model
Leadership theories C-1 fielder‟s contingency modelThe Fiedler contingency model is a leadership theory of industrial and organizational psychology developed by Fred Fiedler (born 1922), one of the leading scientists who helped his field move from the research of traits and personal characteristics of leaders to leadership styles and behaviours.
Leadership theories The Fielder has identified three important situational factors. He named three important theory is contingency model because the leadership is contingent upon the situational factors, Factors are..a. Leader member relationb. Task structurec. The status power
Leadership theories Leader member relation it explains the follower‟s trust confident and respect for the leader. It is measured through the degree of liking and acceptance of leader. The followers accept the leader due to his special charisma, knowledge, expertise etc.
Leadership theories Task structure The task is divided into routine and non- routine. The measures the extent of tasks performed by leaders. It verifies the clarity in task definition and the decision made. It is the total of nature of tasks performed by the sub-ordinates.
Leadership theories The status power it explains relationship between power associated with position and status held by the leader.
Leadership theories THE MOST FAVOURABLE SITUATION
Leadership theories Criticisma. The theory does not stick on the particular modelb. It is more based on the research and experiments and not on the systematic theory.c. The situational variables taken as base.d. It is a complex model not easy to understand.
Leadership theories C-2 House‟s path goal modelThe path–goal theory, also known as the path–goal theory of leader effectiveness or the path–goal model, is a leadership theory developed by Robert House.
Leadership theories According to the original theory, the manager‟s job is viewed as guiding workers to choose the best paths to reach their goals, as well as the organizational goals. The theory argues that leaders will have to engage in different types of leadership behavior depending on the nature and the demands of a particular situation. A leader‟s behavior is acceptable to subordinates when viewed as a source of satisfaction, and motivational when need satisfaction is contingent on performance, and the leader facilitates, coaches, and rewards effective performance. The original path-goal theory identifies achievement-oriented, directive, participative, and supportive leader behaviors:
Leadership theories C- Life Cycle Theory The theory is profounded by Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard. They explain that, the leadership effectiveness depends upon situation in which the leadership is exercised. The relation between task and maturity of followers has been effectively broughtup. Therefore the leadership is product of three variables such as task behaviour, relationship behaviour and maturity of the followers.
Leadership theories A theory suggesting that the type of leadership (or coaching style) appropriate for a given situation depends on the maturity of the athlete being coached. The need for coaching behaviour consistent with initiating structure, for example, tends to decrease with age. The need for coaching styles consistent with consideration tends to be low for very mature and immature athletes, and high for those with moderate levels of maturity.
Leadership theoriesC-4 Vroom-Yetton Theory:The Vroom–Yetton contingency model is a situational leadership theory of industrial and organizational psychology developed by Victor Vroom, in collaboration with Phillip Yetton (1973) and later with Arthur Jago (1988). The situational theory argues the best style of leadership is contingent to the situation. This model suggests the selection a leadership style for group decision making.
Leadership theories Vroom-Yetton-Jago Normative Decision Model help us to answer above questions. This model identifies five different styles (ranging from autocratic to consultative to group-based decisions) on the situation & level of involvement. They are: Autocratic Type 1 (AI) – Leader makes own decision using information that is readily available to you at the time. This type is completely autocratic. Autocratic Type 2 (AII) – Leader collects required information from followers, then makes decision alone. Problem or decision may or may not be informed to followers. Here, followers involvement is just providing information. .
Leadership theories Consultative Type 1 (CI) – Leader shares problem to relevant followers individually and seeks their ideas & suggestions and makes decision alone. Here followers‟ do not meet each other & leader‟s decision may or may not has followers influence. So, here followers involvement is at the level of providing alternatives individually. Consultative Type 2 (CII) – Leader shares problem to relevant followers as a group and seeks their ideas & suggestions and makes decision alone. Here followers‟ meet each other and through discussions they understand other alternatives. But leader‟s decision may or may not has followers influence. So, here followers involvement is at the level of helping as a group in decision-making. Group-based Type 2(GII) – Leader discuss problem & situation with followers as a group and seeks their ideas & suggestions through brainstroming. Leader accepts any decision & do not try to force his idea. Decision accepted by the group is the final one.
Vroom & Yetton formulated following seven questions on decision quality, commitment, problem information and decision acceptance, with which leaders can determine level of followers involvement in decision. Answer to the following questions must be either „Yes‟ or „No‟ with the current scenario. 1.Is there a quality requirement? Is the nature of the solution critical? Are there technical or rational grounds for selecting among possible solutions? 2.Do I have sufficient information to make a high quality decision? 3.Is the problem structured? Are the alternative courses of action and methods for their evaluation known?
Leadership theories 4.Is acceptance of the decision by subordinates critical to its implementation? 5.If I were to make the decision by myself, is it reasonably certain that it would be accepted by my subordinates? 6.Do subordinates share the organizational goals to be obtained in solving this problem? 7.Is conflict among subordinates likely in obtaining the preferred solution?
Leadership theories The Followers Theory: The leader-follower theory, also known as the leader- member exchange theory (LMX), is a leadership theory that focuses on the interactions between leaders and followers.
Leadership theories Leader and Follower Interaction The interaction between leaders and followers helps to shape the success or failure of an organization. The very concept of a team-oriented workplace, commonality toward goals and a productive work environment stem from the leader-follower interaction. Without a successful relationship between these groups, effective leadership will not occur, nor will outstanding workplace success. Many leadership models suggest that leaders utilize a similar leadership style toward all members of a work group. However, the LMX theory surmises that leaders actually develop a different relationship among different members of the work group.
Leadership theoriesLeadership is an act:This centers around the fact that leadership is defined by what a leader does, which is most cases is his responsibility or what he was trying to achieve. Leadership Guru John Maxwell sums up his definition as “leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less.” This moves beyond the designation that defines a leader, toward his ability to influence others- both those who would consider themselves called followers, and those outside that circle.
Leadership theories Leadership is a property: As per this theme, leadership is a set of qualities attributed to those who are perceived to successfully employ them while achieving them certain objectives. People who rely on this theme agree that it involves certain actions and objectives, but for them more important are beliefs, values, ethics, character, charisma, knowledge and skills that help in accomplishing those objectives.
Leadership theories Leadership is a process: Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Other in-depth definitions of leadership have also emerged. Leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal". The leader may or may not have any formal authority. Students of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others.